I know from everything I read these days that olive oil is good for you but I do not like the taste of it no matter what you do with it. I don't like it for dressing salads and certainly not to cook with. Am I alone out here?
Try a good quality grapeseed oil (in a dark bottle) - I buy Salute Saute! from Italy. VERY mild, even my husband commented on it. Added bonus--it has a higher smoke point than olive oil, great for sauteing.
Also good to start off with a light olive oil if the taste is too overpowering. Lighter means milder. There are some that are virtually tasteless. Of course, the stronger the taste, the purer and the better for your health.
I am a doctor and hate olives and its oil. But i do know that my body needs this oil. So i make a research and find that hazelnuts oil have the same molecular structure. plus vit-E and it doesn't smell. so try it you wont regret.
I also cannot stand the taste of olive oil. Can detect even the tiniest amount in any recipe and have trouble swallowing the food. I just read that Canola oil is as good if not better than olive oil and I have been using it for a few years now. The use of olive oil in the U.S. is relatively new. Plus you can fry with canola oil (I don't do too much of that, though). You don't have to worry about a strong perfumey taste in your recipes.
i cant stand olives or its oil for any purpose at all. i use canola oil, it tastes great. i agree with loretta. i dont understand how people can like olives or its oil. i also think the doc above must know something.
Well I don't get how people don't like Olive Oil! It's so good for you. Anyway, there are many other oils out there, you will just have to do some research and some taste testing and I'm sure you'll find something that works for you.
I agree, I don't like olive oil much. It has a STRONG taste, which makes it unsuitable for fine cooking, in my opiniion. Certainly it will dominate a salad dressing when you don't want it to. Same for cooking vegetables. It's over-rated and became so because people like Italian food disproportionately, in my opinion. Another equally over-rated food is garlic. I think of putting it in some dish, then I think, it will only dominate it with a strong, inappropriate and uncomplimentary taste.
I'm with all those who just absolutely HATE olive oil - even the smell of it turns my stomach. I use grapeseed oil, which has a slightly nutty flavor but doesn't overtake the taste of everything, which olive oil does for me. Canola oil and avocado oil are also good alternatives. I'm SO glad I'm not the only person on the planet who can't stand olive oil (or the olives it comes from!).
I can't stand the smell or taste of olive oil & olives. It smells like barf to me. The rest of my family started using it in stuff & salads long after I grew up & moved out after the health craze about it started. They remarked that I never eat their salads. I love a good salad, I just hated theirs after they changed their ingredients.
It can't be just me either. At family events where we all bring or make stuff for the event, they gobble up all of my salads right away, & come back for more, where there's still plenty left over at the end of the day of the rest of the family's salads. So even though they swear they like olive oil, by their own taste test, they gobble up more of my salads than their own. We all make the same salads the same ways, as taught by our parents, except they're using olive oil, & I won't.
Also olive oil has a lower smoking & flash temperature than most other oils, which makes it bad & even dangerous for normal cooking & frying. I hate that burnt taste in foods cooked or fried with olive oil, & it can burst into a sudden violent oil fire at normal cooking & frying temperatures. I guess anybody who throws their burgers & hot dogs on a fire until they're tuning black don't mind or notice the burnt taste... or maybe they like burnt tastes.
At near olive oil smoking temperatures it can become toxic. Use it up fast too because it gets rancid & spoils fast than most oils. It's has around twice as much saturated fat as Canola & some other oils.
Olive oil is not good for you, it is just that it is not as bad for you as some others. The only oils that are good for you are omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and olive oil is not very high in those. Still if you like your food tasting like its cooked in molten plastic carry on using it!
Its not a matter of like or dislike. Some people cannot handle the taste of either olive or canola oil. Both make me sick to my stomach, yet so many professional chefs ( like Emeril ) are obsessed with using the damned stuff. Supposedly one shouldn't use processed oils, yet what can one do ? Use peanut oil ? - My Mother uses the stuff but she doesn't realize it can and will go rancid and I've gotten sick from her cooking with it. I really hate the taste of both olive and canola oils yet I can eat pimentos in green olives all day out of the jar. My gf can't stand olives or olive oil either.
Glad to know I'm not alone in my disgust for olive oil - love olives - hate the oil. Another question: WHY, if we're trying to be healthy, are we adding any oil at all to vegetable preparations? What's wrong with just steaming them? I'm also nauseated by garlic, parsley, thyme, rosemary...